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Feb 25, 2021
For Your Ears Only (# 011)
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For Your Ears Only (S1-E11)

The JabberGuys count down the James Bond movie theme songs from 1962 to 2021.  A special guest shares his insights into many of the theme song versions that were never released, and artists that were passed over

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The JabberGuys welcome 'Oz' to the show

1962 Dr. No - classic Bond theme music - John Barry/Monty Norman  

1963 From Russia With Love

1964 Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey

1965 Thunderball - Tom Jones
Johnny Cash version of Thunderball

1967 You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra

1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - Instrumental by John Barry 
George Lazenby as James Bond

 1971 Diamonds Are Forever by Shirley Bassey, 2nd time performing a Bond theme

1973 Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney and Wings
First Bond theme song to be nominated for an Academy Award

1975 The Man With The Golden Gun - Lulu
Other artists considered - Cat Stevens and Alice Cooper

 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me - Nobody Does It Better Performed by Carly Simon
Academy Award nomination - Best Song 
Ranked #67 on AFI’s best songs in film 

1979 Moonraker - Shirley Bassey is back for a third time

1981 For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton
1st time singer appears in opening sequence
3rd time a Bond song Oscar nominated for Best Song

1983 Octopussy - All Time High  - Rita Coolidge
First to have an accompanying music video 

1985 A View To A Kill - Duran Duran
1st time Bond song charts to #1
Golden Globe Award - best song

 1987 The Living Daylights - A-ha
Timothy Dalton debuts as James Bond

 1989 Licence To Kill - Gladys Knight
Longest Bond theme song at 5:15
Eric Clapton considered to perform the song 

1995 Golden Eye - Sung by Tina Turner
Pierce Brosnan debuts as James Bond

1997 Tomorrow Never Dies - Sheryl Crow
K.D. Lang sings Surrender - over the end credits

1999 The World Is Not Enough -  Garbage

2002 Die Another Day - Madonna
Pierce Brosnan's final appearance as 007

2006 Casino Royale - 'You Know My Name' - Chris Cornell
Daniel Craig debuts as 007

2008 Quantum Of Solace - Another Way To Die - Jack White and Alicia Keys
1st duet to perform a Bond theme

2012 Skyfall - Adele
1st Academy Award win for Best Song

2015 Spectre - Writings On The Wall - Sam Smith
2nd Academy Award win for Best Song
Radiohead version was rejected

 2021 No Time To Die - Billie Eilish

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